I have decided to be super organised.
Not as organised as I said I would be in October, but still a good sight better than I sometimes am.
I have exams in the last week of July.
My last ‘block’ (46-50 hours of lessons) is the first week of July.
Usually I would finish the last block, realise I’m 2 weeks away from the exams and panic – locking myself away from the world and living on frozen (and baked) pizza.
This time I have decided to revise all the things I’ve learned in the last 3 blocks, so that I know ‘everything’ 😉 by the end of June. That way I only have to revise the new stuff in the 2 middle July-weeks (thus locking myself away from the world for 2 months instead of 2 weeks ;)).
Having done a lot of exams to get this far, I know I revise best when I get to talk lots ;).
I’m not such a fan of talking to myself so I need people to help me.
I need people to find their way into a subject they most likely have less than no idea about.
I need people to ask me relevant questions and be patient with me while I squirm about on my seat working out what they want to know.
I need people who are willing to try and work out what I mean when I finally have an answer, and to decide if it fits the question.
Because most of my questioning-victims aren’t so well versed in Glass-Theory, and because my school-notes are a huge mess of brightly coloured scribbles and arrows, I’m going through them and writing the most important things onto A7 cards. I’m even making it easier for them by writing a question on one side and the condensed answer on the back.
Now they just have to be able to convert my squiggles into writing and add the correct grammar.. 😛
That’s the plan anyway.
The practice looks a little different.
I can’t concentrate enough to actually write the stoopid things..
Even knowing I have to finish writing by Tuesday doesn’t help me much.
It’s Sunday. That gives me the rest of today and 2 more days.
2 more evenings really, because I work until 5pm.
I have such a short deadline because I don’t actually want to lock myself away for 2 months. I want to continue to do all the things I love doing and be able to read the cards in the gaps. There aren’t many gaps as it is, but I want to be able to use the ones life throws at me, even if they’re short ones. It’s amazing how many A7 cards you can read in 5 minutes.
It’s also amazing how few you can WRITE in the same timeframe.
It’s practically the end of May already. Here are [some of] the things I want to get done round my revision:
A work colleague (a nice one) and I are going to visit a super-glassblower for a couple of days and be shown how to do clever things with glass. I want to bring him and his family a cake to thank him for his time and for organising the whole thing.
I’m going to spend 8-9 days on a boat with another glassblower. I will hopefully not only learn to drive a motorboat, get through [canal]locks, and sleep while bobbing about on the water, but also find time to learn the stuff I’ve written on the cards. I do have the added bonus of a questioner-with-background-knowledge though :).
2 lovely ladies from school are coming to see me and my town. I really want to have loads of time for them and show them all my favourite places and introduce them to my favourite people so I don’t want to be revising then.
My mum, my gran, my [parents’] house and my [parents’] garden are celebrating assorted birthdays and anniversaries so I’m going home to celebrate them. None of them speak German so the cards would be useless even if I found willing victims.
And then it’s the beginning of July and I’m back in school.
I’d better get back to the books/cards I guess…